Utah Valley Marathon Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to ride the bus to the starting line?
Yes. There is not available parking at the starting line.
What time & where do I need to get on the bus?
The primary marathon bus pick-up is just north of the Provo Marriot Hotel & Conference Center (101 West 100 North Provo, UT). The Provo Marriott is about two blocks from the finish line.
There is a second marathon bus pick-up in the parking lot of the Zermatt Hotel in Midway, Utah. Pick up at this location is primarily intended for people staying at the Zermatt Hotel, but people staying anywhere in Wasatch County may also use these buses.
The first Marriott bus leaves at 3:00 A.M. and the last bus leaves at 4:15 A.M. The Zermatt pick will be betwee 4:00 AM and 4:15 A.M. Half marathon participants will be picked up at a different location. There is NO half-marathon busing from either the Marriott or the Zermatt hotels. For half marathon bus pick click here.
Is this a Boston Marathon qualifier?
Yes. The Utah Valley Marathon is USATF sanctioned and certified. The certification code for the Utah Valley Marathon is: UT13009GAN. We also have a Boston Qualifier rewards program.
Where are the aid stations?
The aid stations will be at miles: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26.2. Each aid station will have both water and sports drink. Oranges and bananas will be provided at miles 11, 15, 21, and 24. Miles 7, 13 and 19 will be equipped with CLIF Shot gels.
Where are good locations to cheer?
There are many good locations to cheer along University Avenue in Provo, and a few locations in the canyon with parking. If you choose to go cheer for your athletes in the canyon be very cautious of the runners and vehicles. The traffic is limited to one Provo bound lane, and may be difficult to cross. The parks we recommend for best spectating in the canyon include: Mount Timpanogos Park, Canyon Glen Park, Nunn’s Park & Deer Creek State Park.
Is there a massage and medical tent at the finish?
Yes. There will be several massage tables to work athletes’ stiff muscles. There is a medical tent with trained professionals.
Is the course chip timed?
Yes. Marathon runners will be timed with chips located on the back side of the bib numbers. It is required that your bib number remain on the front side of your shirt (preferably chest high), so that the antennas will read your chip properly. Please do not alter or fold your bib number in any way, so that your chip will be read. At the end of the race you may keep your timing chip.
Are there any discounts to hotels for marathon runners?
Yes. The Marriott Hotel In downtown Provo has contracted for discount rates for runners. We will be bussing from in front of this hotel to the full marathon start. It is important to note that this property will not have buses to the half marathon start. Half Marathon athletes will be bused from the Provo Towne Centre Mall, and we have different discounted hotels for half marathon athletes. Click here for details.
What is the time limit for completing the Utah Valley Marathon?
Our new course goes through certain areas that cannot be shut down longer than what a six hour pace would allow. We must limit the course time to the six hour pace, and hope that the people that need a little slower pace join us in our half marathon that will remain open for the full six hours that the full marathon course is open.
Are wheelchairs and handcycles allowed?
Due to safety concerns wheelchairs & handcycles are no longer allowed in the full marathon. There is a wheelchair/handcycle division in the half marathon. We have added prize money to this new handcycle/wheelchair division. Learn more about handcycle/wheelchair awards in the half marathon division.
Are the miles marked?
Yes. We will have signs at each mile.
What parts of Utah County does the marathon go through?
The marathon goes through Provo Canyon, past Bridal Veil Falls, a small part of Orem near the mouth of the canyon, and beautiful downtown Provo. See the marathon map for more information.
Is there a place I can drop off my sweats during the marathon?
Yes. At the starting line a truck will take items back to the finish. We highly recommend you put your items in a bag with your race number on it. This will help sort your items at the finish area. Clothing dropped at any other point along the course will be considered a donation to charity.
Where is packet pick-up, and when?
Packet pick-up will be inside the Utah Valley Convention Center (220 W. Center St., Provo) between 10:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. on Friday, June 10, 2016.
What is the average temperature on race day?
The average low is 53 and the average high is 85. Our early start time allows athletes to finish before the highest temperature of the day.
Remember to wear layers. One suggestion is to buy a cheap throw away sweater at a discount store to wear for the first several miles and then toss on the side of the road when you don’t want to use it anymore. All clothing dropped on the side of the road during the marathon will be donated to charity.